Wadkin, Francis (b ? 1722) petitioner to the Board of Longitude)
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Originally enclosing an essay for discovering longitude at sea. Wadkin requests a reward to continue his work and points out that he had spent twenty-five years working on the longitude problem, and had published his first essay on the subject in 1760.
Concerning his discovery 'that it is not 12 o'clock at one identical time in all latitudes on one meridian' and his invention of a method for using a telescope to determine longitude at sea. Wadkin also points out his poor financial situation and requests a reward. The letter was marked as undeserving of the Board's attention by Nevil Maskelyne.
Concerning his plan for raising the ship the 'Royal George'.